Originally launched in 2004 the Rocket III has gained iconic status as the bike that every rider has on their wish list of ‘must do’ rides. The Rocket III is a unique motorcycle with the most unmistakable presence on two wheels and no other motorcycling experience even gets close to the sense of the awesome potency of a Rocket III Roadster making progress. And now, born from the biggest, baddest and meanest bike out there, the Limited Edition Rocket X offers the ultimate ride and status.
With its 2,294cc three cylinder engine sitting inline with the chassis, the Rocket X is home to the world’s largest production motorcycle engine. Delivering a 221Nm sledgehammer of torque at just 2750rpm, the Rocket X delivers extraordinary acceleration in any gear at any revs. The very limited edition Rocket X has a stunning, premium custom paint scheme created by leading custom paint specialists 8 Ball. The quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail required to achieve the desired effect is at the very top end of the custom paint scene. The sheer depth of the gloss Jet Black paint contrasting with the ‘grinded’ polished metal stripe, Triumph logo, and Rocket X emblems offer an incredible quality and sense of solidity that’s truly befits this iconic machine.
Firstly the tank and mudguards are stripped completely back and then undergo a ‘grind’ effect that provides unique shapes into the bare metal. The tank stripes and logo are carefully lined, and then follows the painting process when craftsmen apply a Jet Black base layer, followed by a clear coat layer. After leaving 2 days for the paint to rest and cure, a total of 6 layers of lacquer are applied using ultra high solid paint. The paintwork is then highly polished and again left for 2 days to cure. Second polishing is then applied to provide an incredible smooth finish with amazing depth. The result is something truly stunning.
Vying for attention with the custom paint and 2.3 litre engine is the black exhaust system. The twin-skinned full exhaust system is coated with high temperature resistance paint. A black fly screen shrouds the chrome ringed instruments to add even more visual presence. The mean look has also been further enhanced with the addition of black finishing to the handlebars, mirrors, gear, and brake levers. The Rocket’s signature 5-spoke aluminium alloy wheels have also received the black treatment and are skilfully finished off with a complimenting hand painted pinstripe.
Every one of the limited run of 500 motorcycles will feature side panel badging and unique numbering. Finally the oil tank mounted Rocket X badge is machined from a billet of solid aluminium using a CNC milling machine adding an exquisite premium finish.
Triumph Special Editions
With 5 only of these unique sought after models available for the New Zealand market, this limited number were rapidly pre-sold. Check in with your local Triumph Dealership to try catch one in the flesh before they go out the door.